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China’s cultivation of Jared Kushner as an asset shows he’s ‘ideal target’ for foreign agents: CNN analyst

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Jared Kushner has been cultivated as an asset by the Chinese government thanks to his total lack of political experience and outsized reach within the federal government, said CNN on Saturday.

Anchor Ana Cabrera welcomed Adam Entous, one of the authors of a bombshell New Yorker article that said Kushner has violated protocols by meeting with China’s ambassador alone and that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law still does not have a permanent security clearance.

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Entous explained that the relationship between China’s ambassador and Kushner was brokered by former Sec. of State Henry Kissinger, who introduced the two men during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The FBI met with Kushner during the transition to warn him about potential security risks, but Entous said Kushner’s family is heavily invested in Chinese holdings, which gives the Chinese government a possible lever of influence.

CNN security analyst Samantha Vinograd said that Kushner’s lack of experience and unprecedented access to U.S. state secrets make him an “ideal foreign intelligence target.”

“The Russians and the Chinese are the top of the list from a counterintelligence perspective,” said Vinograd. “Jared Kushner has the access, the influence and the inexperience that foreign intelligence services often try to manipulate.”

Those agencies find people who can get them information they want and affect policy decisions. Furthermore, she said, they try to find someone with “some kind of secret that can be manipulated” like a drug addiction or “undisclosed foreign contacts or undisclosed or misreported financial transactions.”

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Democratic candidates demand investigation into toxic culture at NBC ahead of MSNBC debate

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Four Democratic candidates called on NBC’s parent company Comcast to launch an independent investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct at the network ahead of Wednesday’s presidential debate to be broadcast by MSNBC.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey signed a letter calling the allegations of “sexual assault and harassment” by employees and “a cover-up by NBC’s management” deeply “troubling.” Instead of addressing the company, the senators issued their letter to Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez.

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Revealed: Nikki Haley sent confidential information about North Korea nuke scare over system meant only for unclassified communications

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"Convenience is not an acceptable reason to skirt information security rules. She should be held to the same standard as everyone else," said Austin Evers, executive director at American Oversight, upon hearing the news that former UN ambassador Nikki Haley used a Blackberry smartphone to communicate with staff regarding North Korea's July, 2017 test of an intercontinental ballistic missile that could hit the US.

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Fox News commentator Sean Hannity appears to be knee-deep in Trump’s Ukraine scandal — despite his denials

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Fox News host Sean Hannity raved that he never spoke with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about ousted Ukrainian Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch after a third witness confirmed the alleged call to impeachment investigators.

David Hale, the undersecretary of State for political affairs, testified under oath that Yovanovitch was the victim of a baseless smear campaign led by Rudy Giuliani, the personal attorney of President Donald Trump, which led to her ouster. According to a transcript of the closed-door deposition released Monday, the smears originally stemmed from the conservative columnist John Solomon, who wrote in The Hill that former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko had claimed that Yovanovitch gave him a “do not prosecute list.” Lutsenko later retracted that claim.

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